sporocyst
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1861 1. a case or cyst secreted by some sporozoans preliminary to sporogony; also a sporozoan encysted in such a case 2. a saccular body that is the first asexual reproductive form of a digenetic trematode, develops from a miracidium, and buds off cells from its inner surface which develop into rediae

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  • Sporocyst — Spo ro*cyst ( s[i^]st), n. [Gr. ? seed + ? bladder.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An asexual zooid, usually forming one of a series of larval forms in the agamic reproduction of various trematodes and other parasitic worms. The sporocyst generally develops from …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sporocyst — [spō′rəsist΄, spôr′əsist΄] n. [ SPORO + CYST] 1. Bot. a resting cell giving rise to asexual spores 2. Zool. a) a saclike larval stage of many trematodes which produces rediae by asexual development from germinal cells b) a protective cyst… …   English World dictionary

  • sporocyst — 1. A larval form of digenetic trematode (fluke) that develops in the body of its molluscan intermediate host, usually a snail; the s. forms a simple saclike structure with germinal cells that bud off internally and …   Medical dictionary

  • sporocyst — n. the second stage larva of a parasitic fluke, found within the tissues of a freshwater snail. A sporocyst develops from a first stage larva (see miracidium) and gives rise either to the next larval stage (see redia) or daughter sporocysts. The… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • sporocyst — n. [Gr. spora, seed; kystis, bladder] 1. A stage of sporozoan development, usually within a protective envelope; the oocyst. 2. (PLATYHELMINTHES: Trematoda) An asexual stage of development …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • sporocyst — sporocystic /spawr euh sis tik, spohr /, adj. /spawr euh sist , spohr /, n. Biol. 1. a walled body resulting from the multiple division of a sporozoan, which produces one or more sporozoites. 2. a stage in development of trematodes that gives… …   Universalium

  • sporocyst — noun a) A cyst that develops from a sporoblast and from which sporozoites develop b) A larval stage in many trematode worms …   Wiktionary

  • sporocyst — n. capsule containing spores (one of the stages in the development of certain parasitic worms); spore case (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sporocyst — noun Zoology 1》 a larva of a parasitic fluke in a sac like form after infection of the host s tissues. 2》 (in parasitic sporozoans) an encysted zygote in an invertebrate host …   English new terms dictionary

  • sporocyst — spo·ro·cyst …   English syllables

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